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were already in hezbollah's hands. in other words, that this was not a syrian army convoy taking the weapons to hezbollah, the militant shiite group in lebanon, but hezbollah already had possession of them. if that turns out to be the case, it says a lot about hezbollah's actions and activities in syria right now. >> ifill: so a u.s. official has confirmed this to you. the syrian state television has said this happened. but israel's been awfully mum on this. what is -- why are they being so quiet about it? >> well, gwen, there's no percentage in it for israel to confirm this. first of all, the confirm that they violated syrian airspace. secondly they don't want to become the issue. in other words, they wanted to prevent these weapons from getting into hezbollah's hands in lebanon. but they certainly didn't want to do it in the a way or crow in a way that either syria feels it has to respond or hezbollah feels it has to respond. as one analyst said to me, if it was intended to send a message also to the two parties that, look, don't try transferring any chemical weapons or anythin
it actually occurred fairly near damascus but that the missiles or missile parts were already in hezbollah's hands. in other words that this was not a syrian army convoy taking the weapons to hezbollah, the militant shiite group in lebanon, but hezbollah already had possession of them. if that turns out to be the case, it says a lot about hezbollah's actions and activities in syria right now. >> ifill: so a u.s. official has confirmed this to you. the syrian state television has said this happened. but israel's been awfully mum on this. what is -- why are they being so quiet about it? >> well gwen, there's no percentage in it for israel to confirm this. first of all the confirm that they violated syrian airspace. secondly they don't want to become the issue. in other words, they wanted to prevent these weapons from getting into hezbollah's hands in lebanon. but they certainly didn't want to do it in the a way or crow in a way that either syria feels it has to respond or hezbollah feels it has to respond. as one analyst said to me if it was intended to send a message also to the two parties
they believe were on their way to hezbollah militants in lebanon. it happened just outside of da mat cuss and marked the first attack by israel against syrian targets in some five years. the incident raised new concerns that syria's on going civil war threatens to spill over into a wider regional conflict. the syrian government condemned the attack and insisted the air strike hit a research site, not a weapons convoy. our correspondent joins us live from cairo. what is the reaction to the air strike today in the middle east? >> reporter: well, good morning, bill. there is strong condemnation from several parts starting in cairo with the arab league which said that israeli air strike is a violation of sovereignty but more importantly russia syria's strongest ally and the supplier of the alleged weapons that were actually being carried in that convoy which we believe to be according to western sources to be air defense missiles going to hezbollah. russia which makes those weapons, supposedly, has condemned the israeli attack as well saying that it, too, was a violation of syria's sovereignt
a potential of what was already a horrible, horrible situation if iran and syria, hezbollah, if they were to retaliate against israel, that would dramatically escalate what is already going on. >> reporter: certainly. very dangerous to make a prediction in this part of the world and given what is happening inside syria, particularly damascus on their back foot and perhaps prone to irrational responses. as we're seeing at the moment, most observers think that an overretaliation is unlikely. of course syria, its military heavily stretched by this civil war. particularly given how israel now denying any real involvement. hezbollah and a very delicate balance here. of course their military allied to the assad regime but they have a very cautious political role to play here. they don't want to get into a lengthy military issue with the israelis and, of course, iran. certainly leadership driven by division. many not quite sure what they could do. concerns about some sort of covert retaliation, how ever that may play out. people are waiting to see if this is vague and at times in the past 24 hou
entering lebanon before the militant group hezbollah could get their hand on them. the building where the trucks were loading or departing was hit. hezbollah is a sworn enemy of israel. if hezbollah had gotten those missiles it would have significantly increased their capability in any future conflict with israel. this was not israel getting involved in the conflict in syria, per se. it was very much israel making a preemptive strike to protect itself. martha raddatz, abc news, washington. >> that's important. early reports sort of were, were suggesting that perhaps israel was getting involved in the inner workings of the syrian war. that now we know is not necessarily the case. >> nobody wants to touch that. but in terms of getting too deeply involved. even the u.s. has been very kind of wary about how deeply they're going to get involved in this. the real issue, if assad loses control and those weapons he has get into the wrong hand that's when the situation turns much more grave, much more serious, potentially volatile and that could be the turning point that would draw the u.s. mo
hagel will testify that the militant group hezbollah is a terrorist organization, and that military options should be on the table when it comes to iran. not very controversial, unless you consider what he said in the past. chuck hagel's past is about to come roaring back at him. >> good morning. >> reporter: how he's voted. what he's said. >> he has insisted that the israelis negotiate with hamas, a terrorist organization. >> reporter: one of the first questions could be will you support israel? recently hagel promised he would, saying his record has been distorted. but he'll have to explain what he said before his nomination. >> reference to a "jewish lobby" which i don't believe exists. >> reporter: he will be asked what he meant and why he refused to sign an order designating hezbollah as a terrorist organization. >> i cannot support a nominee for defense secretary who thinks we should be tougher on israel and more lenient on iran. >> reporter: which brings up another question, can you be tough on iran? senators are being barraged by advertising, questioning how effective hagel
talks with the iranian regime not to mention direct talks with hamas, hezbollah and syria as well. he's pressed that such talks should proceed without the backing gained from other more forceful credible options. this approach is far too weak to be effective and reveals a person less committed to results than this critical moment demands. the second track of the comprehensive search for a solution is sanctions. i have supported all legislative efforts to create and impose both unilateral and multilateral sanctions on iran. leveraging similar commitments from our friends have been possible in pursuing sanctions when necessary. it has been limited to impose sanctions that arguably stiffened the spine of the international community and made increasingly harsh multilateral regimes possible. senator hagel does not see it that way. he repeatedly voted against sanctions legislation, even opposing those aimed at their iranian revolutionary guard corps which at the time was killing our troops in iraq. he has long argued against sanctions imposed by the united states absent an international jud
.s. that hezbollah is getting weapons? >> again, i don't have anything for you on questions about those reports. i would refer you to the israeli government. >> a u.s. official is quoted talking about this. you can't give us anything. >> again, i don't have anything for you. >> in the hearings on capitol hill going on right now, senator riegle has been taking tough questions. with regard to something he said, does the president believe the government of iran is legitimately elected? >> and sorry, said that again. >> to the presently the government of ron is legitimate in elective? >> i think our views of us president's election were to be expressed. the president's views on that matter, and our views on the behavior of the regime in tehran are expressed again and again and again. the fact is, we judge a run by his behavior, not by its words, by its actions, and they are consistently in violation of the united nations obligations, the international obligations and because of that they are enduring the most intense sanctions regime in history that has had a dramatic impact on their economy as well a
for reasons you know in regard to relating to hezbollah in lebanon. how real is that danger and if it is going to happen, my question is, what are you going to do? at this point it seems it is already happening. >> there is a saying in lebanon, in time of nations change please save your head. >> what does that mean? >> it means we are disassociating ourself from what is going on in syria by all means. we are associating because we have a kind of a historical geographic relation with syria and now today if we take any position, really we would be more -- our lebanese society and between the lebanese citizens. we had a position to disassociate ourselves but this doesn't mean that we disassociate ourself from humanitarian issue. today we are helping and receiving syrians who are insuring for them, sheltering, medical care, schooling, food, everything. also this document mean that we don't have to put all scenarios in front of us and to see what kind of implication it will affect us in the future. i would love to talk about the options but before talking about options we have three questions we ha
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